To repurpose Jay-Z — I got 19 defendants and Trump is one:
Legal experts are having a busy morning in the world of Trump court cases.
First, a federal judge overseeing the case against former President Trump’s alleged election interference just set the trial date for March 4, 2024.
Back story: Special counsel Jack Smithhad requested a Jan. 2, 2024, trial for the election interference case, while Trump’s team wanted to hold off until April 2026. Primer on that case, via CNN
Second, former President Trump’s arraignment has been scheduled for next Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the Georgia election interference case. Trump will be the first of the 19 defendants to appear for the hearing.
And finally, former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is attempting to move his Georgia charges to federal court so he can assert immunity. His lawyers are battling with prosecutors in a courtroom today over this matter.
What this means for Meadows’s co-defendants: “Although Monday’s hearing technically regards only Meadows, the proceeding could have implications for the other co-defendants. If Meadows succeeds, Trump and the others could automatically go to federal court along with Meadows. Even if not, the same judge will soon consider similar removal requests from other defendants, and the judge on Monday could provide insights into his thinking on the issue.” The Hill’s Zach Schonfeldwrote a helpful explainer on this next stage of the Trump case.
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🍑 More on Trump’s legal troubles
Trump just couldn’t resist:
“Former President Trump attacked federal officials connected to the Biden administration as ‘fascist thugs’ just ahead of a Monday morning hearing before a judge who previously warned Trump that ‘inflammatory statements’ would compel her to speed up his trial.”
From Trump’s Truth Social post: “It has just been reported that aides to TRUMP prosecutor, Deranged Jack Smith, met with high officials at the White House just prior to these political SleazeBags Indicating me OVER NOTHING.” Read the full post
➤ OTHER UPCOMING COURT DATES FOR TRUMP:
Oct. 23: Fulton County, Ga., District Attorney Fani Willis (D) is aiming to begin the trial for all 19 Georgia co-defendants on Oct. 23 after one co-defendant requested a speedy trial. Trump’s team has asked to sever his case from that co-defendant.
March 25: The trial inthe hush money case against former President Trump
May 20: The trial in the case of Trump’s handling of classified documents
➤ TIDBIT IN GEORGIA:
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Inside with JenPsaki,” former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) described the scene outside the Fulton County jail ahead of former President Trump’s surrender.
From Bottoms: “There was a lot of anger, a lot of hatred in the air. When I pulled up, many of those outside the jail thought that I was the [Fulton County] District Attorney Fani Willis. They began to angrily … chant, ‘Lock her up, lock her up’ … And so, it was something that I’ve never seen before outside of the jail.” More on the scene in Georgia
➤ INTERESTING READ:
“Americans Still Put Their Trust in Juries. Will Trump’s Trials Break That Faith?” (The New York Times)
🚦 In Congress
Senate Republicans to House Republicans:
House Republicans are demanding bold spending cuts and other concessions from Democrats, but Senate Republicans are signaling they have no appetite for House conservatives’ requests.
Why Senate Republicans are motivated to avoid a shutdown: The 2024 battle for control of the Senate is beginning to heat up.
How House conservatives’ requests fit into the saga: Congressional leaders negotiate the spending numbers. Conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus have a few proposals that could hold things up but will have a harder negotiation stance without support from Senate Republicans.
Former senior Senate GOP aide David Cleary explains why: “Shutdowns do not accrue to the benefit of Republicans. There’s been one instance when Chuck Schumer tried to shut down the government that it blew back on him a little bit … [But] every other time that the government is shut down, it’s Republicans’ fault, especially when Republicans go out and crow about the government being shut down.”